Brit jailed for going to McDonald’s after being ordered to self-isolate

A man who breached coronavirus rules by going to McDonald's with friends has been sent to prison.

Jake Waring admitted failing to comply with a direction to self-isolate on Sunday.

Under the Isle of Man's Covid-19 restrictions, all travellers arriving on the island are required to quarantine for 14 days.

He was jailed for six weeks in prison at Douglas Courthouse.

The court heard that the 20-year-old, who has family in both Birkenhead and on the Isle of Man, was granted an exemption certificate to visit the island as a returning resident.

When he arrived at the ferry terminal on Friday, he was made aware of the island's self-isolation rules by port staff and issued with a written direction notice.

He was also warned by a family member not to venture out.

Two days later, Waring, of Murrays Road, Douglas, left his accommodation to meet up with two friends at the Villa Marina.

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The group walked across Douglas to a McDonald's restaurant on Peel Road.

They then visited a petrol station.

He was reported to police by a member of the public, reports the BBC.

His defence argued that he "forgot" to self-isolate and thought the rules were the same as Liverpool.

But the prosecution said there was "no doubt" he had a "full understanding" of the Covid-19 rules.

Sentencing Waring, High Bailiff Jayne Hughes said people on the island were "extremely lucky" to have the current freedoms they do and that was down to the "strict rules" imposed on new arrivals.

His actions had "posed a very real risk" to those he had come into contact with and the sentence would send a "clear message" that anyone breaking the law would face jail, she added.

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